To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Strange Things Happen

Have you ever pondered upon what happened in John 5:1-15. What I am particularly thinking about here is the mysterious happening whereby people who went down into the water when it stirrred were healed. This appears to be the reason why beside the pool of Bethesda, there were a whole group of disabled people. (see John 5:3).

The interesting thing is that the Lord makes no comment on this. It seems likely that people were genuinely healed as  result of this stage happening. Why else would they all be hanging around? If it was not genuine they would all most likely to have gone a long time ago in search of healing elsewhere. But the Lord says nothing about it. Strange things happen still today which we cannot explain and I suggest should not even try to explain.

What is critical though is that we remain fixed in our objective to see people blessed by our Lord and Saviour. That is what the Lord did with this man who had been paralysed for thirty eight years. This man had looked towards the pool for hope. But now Jesus has come, he needs to look away from the pool and instead look to Jesus. Here is One who not just brings hope in this world, but hope for all eternity.

We need to remember this in our ministry. People come to us with all kinds of experiences. We fail if we start to try and get involved in explaining everything that has happened. Rather, we must point them to Jesus . There are a myriad of things that we do not understand and in fact never will understand. But we can be sure that to direct people to the haven of peace and security in Christ is always wise.

Happily we read of the paralytic, that after encountering Jesus, the man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well (see John 5:15). His focus is now Jesus and not the pool. That is always the outcome we want.

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